Anthony Davis, who has been sidelined since February 14 with a calf strain and tendinosis in his right leg, is set to make a return in the Lakers upcoming game on the road against the Luka Doncic-led Dallas Mavericks.
Coach Frank Vogel, prior to the team’s 111-97 loss against the Utah Jazz, said that Davis was able to get some “good work” on the court after LA’s morning meeting and will “build up” going into Thursday’s game.
Per Vogel, Davis’s biggest hurdle is working to get his wind back.
“The biggest thing is conditioning right now,” Vogel said. “He’s healthy. But having not played and not really being able to ramp up his physical on-court activity over the last two months, it’s going to take some time before he gets his wind under him.
“Obviously, that’s the biggest thing. Because if his legs aren’t under him, we don’t want him to be at risk for re-aggravation of the injury or another injury. We want to keep a close eye on that.”
Despite the injuries sustained by the superstar duo of Lebron James and Anthony Davis, the Lakers team has been able to keep a grip on its fort, on a run of 14-15 (W-L) since Davis’s injury and 7-8 since James.
The Lakers currently sit at the 5th seed only 2.5 games in front of the Portland Trail Blazers. A return from the superstar might just be enough to make a late season push into the top four seeds. This will ensure home court advantage for them in the initial rounds.
However, if the superstar’s return does not prove to be beneficial, the Lakers may risk falling down the ladder. A 6th-seed would result in a potential matchup against the Clippers. A 7th-seed would force the Lakers to compete in the play-in tournament.
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